Happy 2016 to all of you out there. For many reasons that I will cover in a future post, I am happy to see 2015 fade away. The last week of the year was not good and that was kind of a theme for the whole year. On Monday, I put my dog to sleep. Wednesday there was a death in the family. Yesterday, I found out that another beloved family member suffered a stroke and heart attack. I also seem to be coming down with a cold, so things are not going so great right now.
I want to write about something else today. I want to list some of my goals for 2016. These are things I’d like to accomplish in the new year. This list doesn’t include every goal I’ve got in mind for myself this year but it does feature those that are the most in my control. For example, I could say that in 2016 I would like to get a new job. But that depends in part on someone being willing to hire me.
These are my reading goals for this year.
*I want to read 180 books this year. That would be an average of 15 books a month. I will be posting my reading stats for 2015 in a later post but I will say that it would be a 30 book increase for me.
*I want to read ‘The Lord of the Rings’. I think I would like the movies better if I read the books. They’ve been on my list for quite some time now, it is time to knock them off.
*I want to read some longer books. In order to read 150 books in 2015 I read several short ones and avoided books over 10 hours when December hit. I’ve got some longer titles that I want to get read this year across multiple genres.
*I want to read more classics.
*I want to reduce the percentage of books in my collection that are unread. Currently, I’ve read about 42% of all the books I own. I want to reduce that number of unread books from 58% to around half if I can. The challenge isn’t just reading books I haven’t read yet, it is doing so even as my collection continues to grow.
*I want to attend more movies at the theater in 2016.
*I want to reduce the number of unwatched movies in my personal collection by quite a bit.
*I want to write something every day of the year. Last year when I launched the site, I posted new content on 70 straight days but then it fell off a cliff. I want to have something new every single day.
*I want to post at least 10 new audiobook reviews a month. Now, I need to read 15 books a month to make it to 180 books. But if I don’t review every book I read perhaps it will feel less like an obligation.
*I want to get a podcast going. I’m talking with a friend about doing our own Simpsons themed podcast but we’ve been talking about that for awhile now. I want to do just a regular podcast for this site as well. This will require me to learn a new skill or two to get that accomplished. But learning a new skill is one of my goals for the year so why not make it that one?
*I want to make one trip outside of the state of South Dakota in 2016. I don’t know where I would go, what I would do or how I would pay for it but I want out of the state for awhile. Crossing the border into Iowa to go to Grand Falls Casino does not count.
*I want to pay at least one visit to my college town of Aberdeen in 2016. I like the town a lot but haven’t been there in ages.
*I want to make at least 4 trips to Sioux Falls in 2016. I made 2 trips in 2015 so doubling it shouldn’t be difficult.
*I want to manage my stress better in 2016. I don’t feel like I did a good job of keeping things in check this past year. If you would ask me how I view myself I would say I’m flaky. I don’t consider myself to be very reliable at this time because my mood is not stable and when I get down, I really get down and it saps me of all motivation. So if I could improve this as the year progresses I would be in a lot better shape for other bigger things.
*I’d like to get in better shape this year. Yes, this is kind of everyone’s New Year’s Resolution and it is the one most often broken. That’s why I almost didn’t even list it here. Still, I can’t deny that it is something I’d like to do even though I think this might be one of the harder ones for me to get started on this year.
*I want to be a more positive person in 2016. If getting in shape won’t be the most difficult goal for me to work on this year becoming positive probably will take that spot. I realized last year that I am not as positive a person as I had believed myself to be. That became even more abundant when I was surrounded by negativity. I need to improve my own outlook on life and try to see the bright side more. I also need to focus more on my strengths and good qualities than my weaknesses and failings.
Part of that will also have to be getting less down on myself when I make a mistake on something. I don’t like to make mistakes even though I know that I do and that so does everyone else. Still, I don’t handle learning of one of my mistakes very well. I get very discouraged and beating myself up over single mistakes has killed my enthusiasm for a great many things over the years.
So there you have it. Some of my goals for 2016. As I said, this isn’t everything but it is a good enough list and most of these are entirely up to me to accomplish. So if I fail at them, I have nobody to blame but myself. That’s fine as I tend to blame myself anyway.
I hope you have a happy New Year and have your own list of goals for 2016 that you will strive to meet.